Post Office Spying on Social Media; Stratcom Wants More Weapons of Mass Extinction

The US Post Office is running a covert operation that tracks and collects social media posts, particularly looking for “inflammatory” content and information related to planned protests.

Kevin Gosztola, the managing editor of, joins us to discuss a report that the US Postal Service is monitoring social media posts. Yahoo News has printed an article alleging that this covert operation has been underway for some time. The Internet Covert Operations Program (ICOP) is raising great concern amongst civil liberties activists.

Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss the tense situation in Ukraine. Ray reviews the Wednesday speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin and argues that it is a dramatic mistake to assume he is bluffing. Also, the hawkish Senate has advanced legislation to give weapons to Ukraine and attack the sovereignty of Germany via their opposition to Nord Stream 2. 

Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Afghanistan. The Taliban has refused to attend the Istanbul summit due to President Biden’s decision to bypass the May 1st date for leaving the war-torn nation. The summit was to be sponsored by the UN, Turkey, and Qatar.

Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss Syria. Israel has bombed Syria again using the pretext that a Syrian anti-aircraft missile landed near a nuclear facility outside…

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